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Has Stress Negatively Impacted Your Care Efforts?

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | April 19, 2018

Elder Care in Lorton VA: Caregiver Stress Tips

Stress is a reality of life. It is simply part of living whether you are a family caregiver or not. If you are caring for an elderly adult however, you are not only more likely to experience stress, but to suffer potentially serious consequences as a result of that stress.


Elder Care in Lorton VA: Caregiver Stress Tips

Elder Care in Lorton VA: Caregiver Stress Tips


The effects of stress can be extensive and impact your mind, your body, and your quality of life. This does not just put your own well-being at risk, however. It can also threaten the care efforts that you give your parent. Recognizing when your efforts might have been negatively affected by your stress is critical to taking the steps you need to in order to ensure you can control your stress and give you senior the care they need.

Some signs that your stress may have negatively impacted your care efforts include:

  • Feeling reluctant to go to your parent’s home
  • Having bitter or resentful thoughts about your aging parent or the care efforts that you need to give them
  • You feel too tired or physically drained to fulfill care tasks for your parent
  • You find yourself upset or overwhelmed frequently while you are caring for them
  • You do not complete tasks as effectively or completely as you usually do, or you do not put as much effort into the success of these care tasks
  • You find yourself snapping or lashing out at your parent frequently
  • You have gotten sick more frequently and not been able to be with your parent to care for them


How can elder care help?

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be extremely meaningful and fulfilling, but it can also be stressful. Trying to manage all of your parent’s needs as well as those of your children, your marriage, your home, your career, and any other obligations can make you feel overwhelmed and as though you are always trying to finish more than you have the time to do. Fortunately, home care can be there for you.

An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, manage potentially sensitive tasks that your parent or you are not comfortable with you handling, provide additional support and companionship, and give your parent the personalized services that they need to have the highest quality of life as they age in place. As their caregiver this will ease your stress, give you more time, and allow you to focus on all of the responsibilities of your life in the ways that are right for you and for your parent.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in Lorton, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today.
Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.




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